Similarities Between Wilfred Owen And Siegfried Sassoon

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Amongst the different genres of poetry that we can find, war poetry has been one which proved to generate great interest from people around the world. War was not exhibited as dreadful prior and during the build-up to World War I as it was common to find that many people were sugar coating it with the idea of national pride yet they were not discussing the dreadful experiences on the battlefields. This is why poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon emerged; to react against the propaganda that the people were bombarded with. In this essay, I shall be discussing Wilfred Owen’s and Siegfried Sassoon’s war poetry in order to show that they wanted to provoke pity from the reader and pity for the reader. Apart from the pity being directed towards the soldiers, they also wanted to show that it is a pity that most of the contemporary people were unable to see past the propaganda from pro-war activists and the hypocrisy that oozed from the individuals who had enough power to end the war.

‘Pity’ is generally defined as a ‘feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings and misfortunes of others’ or ‘cause for regret or disappointment’. I would like to argue that Owen and Sassoon merged both of these definitions by evoking the first meaning of pity towards the soldiers and the second definition as a regret or disappointment that most people were not understanding the effects of war on soldiers and not identifying the rulers’ hypocrisy. This echoes a sense of
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